STEM Opportunities:
High School and College

scholarships * internships * competitions

**COVID-19 has changed many upcoming opportunities and application deadlines.


  • Marine Science Youth and Volunteer Educator - The University of Oregon's Charleston Marine Life Center is seeking a full-time 1-year AmeriCorps appointment that begins August 2020.  Applications are now open.
  • OMSI Camp Counselor - Help youth engage in science and outdoor experiences. Camp Counselor positions for OMSI Summer Camps are available in Newport and in Fossil, room and board provided. Apply by June 10, 2019.
  • Northwest Fisheries Science Center - Career training opportunities at the headquarters in Seattle, WA and at five research stations throughout Washington and Oregon for high school, undergraduate, and graduate student interns.
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium - High school students volunteer as youth aquarium interpreters or as correspondents for the Oceanscape Network.

Coastal students were on the R/V Oceanus Sept 12-15, 2019 - Learn more


  • iINVENT STEM Camp Instructor -  OSU precollege programs is hiring OSU students to teach mobile STEM camps for middle schoolers over summer break. Camps will be held all over the state. Lodging, transportation, and food stipends, if required, will be provided. Camp activities include robotics, wind turbine construction, solar carts, electric circuits, etc. The Oregon Coast STEM Hub routinely brings these camps to the Oregon coast. Apply by March 28, 2020. See more
  • NASA Internships - Internships are available from high school to graduate level. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA. Applications for Summer 2020 are due March 18.
  • Central Lincoln PUD Student Workers - Applications are open for Central Lincoln PUD Summer Student Workers; Positions will be located in Newport, Florence, and Reedsport. Applicants must be 18 years old on or before June 15, 2020. Apply by March 12.
  • Schmidt Ocean Institute - Undergraduate and graduate students take part in seagoing oceanographic research on board the R/V Falkor. Check the website for details.
  • Ocean Exploration Trust - Paid science and engineering intern positions for undergraduate and graduate students entail 2-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, Seafloor Mapping, ROV Pilots, or Video Engineers.  Applications accepted until January 24, 2020. Download a flyer
  • Charleston Marine Life Center - This engaging, hands-on program is for Coos County high school students (16yo+) interested in exploring marine science. Summer session is June 17-21.
  • Student Shipboard Research Experience - Applications from high school seniors for a 4-day research cruise in September are due June 14, 2019.
  • Port Orford Gray Whale Foraging Ecology Internships - Applications for high school summer interns in Port Orford are due May 30, 2019.
  • JOIDES Resolution - Applications for summer term on board the JOIDES Resolution are due April 19, 2019.
  • Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience internships - This summer internship matches undergraduate students with an Oregon business to create sustainability solutions for industry practices. Apply by April 12, 2019.
  • MATE/UNOLS Long Term - Apply for a ~6 month undergraduate internship on board a research vessel. Applications for the summer internship are due March 18, 2019.
  • North Coast Land Conservancy - Three paid summer internships available for HS graduates in Seaside; housing provided. Apply by March 10, 2019.
  • JASE/JSEP Polar Programs - Apply to work in multicultural teams and explore polar science in some of Earth’s most remote environments, Greenland and Antarctica. All student expenses are covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Applications due January 31, 2019.
  • Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program - A paid summer mentoring program to educate and inspire high school students about fisheries science and management. Applications due December 14, 2018.


  • 4-H Youth in Action Awards - 4-H students are invited to share how 4-H changed their lives and how they used the skills in 4-H to change the lives of others. One of the categories is STEM. 


See a list of competitions that normally take place during the school year, including events for teams, individuals, school-affiliated competitions and out-of-school opportunities.


  • Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship - $10,000 annually renewable college scholarships awarded to individuals studying engineering or computer science who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Apply by March 12, 2020.
  • Zonta Coos Bay Scholarships - Students in the Coos Bay area are encouraged to apply for scholarships in STEM, technology, CTE, business, and more. Apply by March 1, 2020.
  • Oregon State University College of Engineering Scholarships - Includes a Dean's Scholarship for first year engineering and computer science students, and an award for students who participated in FIRST Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge in high school. Most applications due by February.
  • Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars Program - This ten-week program places qualifying undergraduate students from around the country with public agencies (federal, state, and local) to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional in the fields of marine science, policy, management and outreach. Letters of intent are due by February 24, 2020.
  • Northwest Scientific Association Scholarships - Awards annual grants to support student research in the pure and applied sciences conducted in northwestern North America. Research grants of up to $750 are available to winning high school or undergraduate proposals. Proposals due February 16, 2020.
  • NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships include those that provide tuition support up to $9500 per year for junior and senior year of college. In addition, they offer paid summer internships at NOAA facilities across the country, summer stipends, housing and travel allowances. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens enrolled in an undergraduate program or are transferring to a 4 year college from a community college. Applications accepted until January 31, 2020.
         >Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
         >Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship - Provides scholarships to college sophomores and juniors majoring in STEM fields. Deadline for nomination varies from September to January; check with your institution.
  • Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society - Provides annual $2000 scholarships for fisheries scholars at the undergraduate level and higher. Each year, the deadline to apply is December 31, 2019.
  • Tillamook County 4-H Alumni Scholarship - Alumni members or leaders of Tillamook County 4-H who have been out of high school for 1 or more years are invited to apply for a $500 - $1000 scholarship to support tuition at an accredited community college, four-year college or university, trade school or business college during the 2019-20 school year. Apply by September 15, 2019.
  • Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) Fellowship for Undergraduate Excellence in Coastal and Ocean Studies - Two $7000 fellowships are available to support undergraduate training associated with marine studies at Oregon State University. Application due by September 1, 2019.
  • Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium - Up to $1000 for STEM students in community college or 4 year undergraduate institutions. Apply by May 24, 2019
  • BP Global STEM Academies - One hundred HS students from around the world will receive scholarships covering full participation in STEM-based study abroad programs in Brazil, Egypt, and the US in June and July 2019. Apply by February 28, 2019.
  • UOregon Scholarships for Oregon Scientists - The SOS II program provides scholarships of up to $10,000 to incoming freshmen and transfer students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, or physics at the University of Oregon. Applications due February 4. 2019.
  • Science Ambassador Scholarship - A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math. Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications will open Fall 2020.
  • Pathways to Science - Find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.
  • Computer Science Online  - Lists a variety of scholarships available for women in the field of computer science.
  • Discover Data Science - Lists a variety of scholarships available for women in the field of data science.